Fantasia, Second Hand, or Alone at Last; De Profundis, for Speaking Pianist; Fredrick Rzewski; Robert Satterlee; Naxos American Classics 8559760; 1 CD:
Two startlingly original works from one of the most influential figures in contemporary music. De Profundis has been described as a “melodramatic oratorio” for speaking pianist.
Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 • Piano Concerto No 2, Op. 18 • Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 7.; Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Beethoven; Eldar Nebolsin, St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Lande; Naxos DVD 2110284; 1 DVD:
• Against the backdrop of St Petersburg’s beautiful Court Capella, Eldar Nebolsin performs the piano concerti of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov with a passion and sincerity as palpable onscreen as live in the hall. With such evident pleasure and seemingly with ease, he transforms the familiar into something fresh and wonderful.
• He is seen live with Vladimir Lande and the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. Eldar Nebolsin was unanimously awarded the Sviatoslav Richter Prize in the First International Piano Competition in Moscow, where he was also honored with the special award for The Best Classical Concerto Performance.
Works for Solo Piano Vol. 1; Franz Schubert; Barry Douglas; CHANDOS CHAN 10807; 1 CD:
• Exclusive Chandos artist Barry Douglas, having produced two highly regarded discs of solo works by Brahms, now embarks on the complete solo piano works of Franz Schubert.
• This first volume features two large-scale works, the Wanderer Fantasy and the Sonata in B flat major, alongside two Schubert songs transcribed by Liszt.
Chopin: Piano Concertos; Frederic Chopin; Ingrid Fliter, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jun Markl; LINN CKD455; 1 Hybrid SACD:
• Since winning the silver medal at the 2000 Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Ingrid Fliter has built a reputation as a first-rate Chopin interpreter. Fliter has previously recorded two all-Chopin discs; her interpretation of the complete Chopin Waltzes received several five star reviews and was named The Telegraph’s CD of the Week and Classic FM Magazine’s Editors Choice.
• Fliter first sprang to international attention when she was awarded the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, and is a breathtaking performer whose performance of Chopin’s commanding chords and lightening speed runs are effortless.
• Fliter divides her time between Europe and the USA, where she works with orchestras such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Piano Concerto no.3; Piano sonatas op.111 and 'Moonlight'; Ludwig van Beethoven; Fazil Say, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda; Naïve V5347; 1 CD:
• Themed around the key of C minor, Turkish pianist Fazil Say plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, op.37 and two of Beethovens piano sonatas, the ever-popular “Moonlight” (in C-sharp minor), op. 27/2, and the 32nd and final sonata, the op. 111.
• Gianandrea Noseda leads the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.
Vladimir & Dimitri Ashkenazy: Father & Son; Johann Carl Eschmann, Niels Gade, Carl Nielsen, Carl Reinecke, Robert Schumann; Dimitri Ashkenazy, Vladimir Ashkenazy; Paladino Music PMR0030; 1 CD:
• “Father & Son” is the first complete album of Dimitri and Vladimir Ashkenazy as a duo available internationally.
• Dimitri Ashkenazy selected some of his favorite fantasies and fantasy pieces, and besides all-time hits such as Schumann’s Opus 73, there is music by the Swiss Romantic Johann Carl Eschmann to discover.